13-Feb-2007 -- We recently travelled with QUARK Expeditions on an expedition ship to the Antarctic.
This trip took us from Ushuaia in Argentina through the Drake passage to the Weddell sea, and then the west coast of the Graham peninsula, before coming back to the South Shetland islands.
Due to changing weather, the route in such a trip is only decided some hours in advance.
It appeared on this 12 of January that we had to pass not far from the S63°W061° on our route from Brabant island to Deception island.
I talked to Laurie Dexter, our expedition leader, about the Confluence project, and the interest it would be to divert from the route to pass through that point, not so far from Deception island and in view of the mountains surrounding the caldera.
Our captain, Peter Ståhlberg, called me to the bridge, accepted the idea and defined some extra waypoints into the route to fulfil the request !
And so… all 79 passengers of the “SARPIK ITTUK”, with its crew and expedition team went through the Confluence.
You can discover the view in the four directions from the point (pictures 1 to 4), and the ship GPS view on the point (picture 5).
The route is shown picture 6.
Our landing point in Whalers bay on Deception island is shown on picture 7, and the outside rim of the caldera on picture 8.